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The next Serial | Imaginary podcasts

I love a good podcast.  And I love pretending I have the technical know-how, requisite storytelling ability and captive audience to manage a successful podcast of my own.  But um, I have none of the above.

the next serial podcast ideas

I do have some ideas, though.  A whole notebook full of ’em.  And they’re free for the taking.  Just please make sure, if you do go ahead and develop any of these ideas into the next Serial… let me know.  So I can subscribe.  Oh, and maybe let me do the MailChimp ad that will surely kick off each episode.  Cool.  Thank you.

THE NEXT SERIAL | IMAGINARY PODCASTS

Idea 1: Mystery Store

You might have one (or more) of these stores in your town, you might not… but you probably do.  The signage is sort of murky.  Maybe the store is called Jim’s or ABC America or Real Deal$  (for the record, I made these up, so if your store is actually called any of these things… sorry.  I’m especially sorry if you used a dollar sign instead of an ‘s’ to spell the word deals.  Really $orry.).  

Or perhaps there’s no sign at all.

Maybe the store presents itself as one thing, but you kind of get the sense it’s another thing entirely.  Like, you swear you’ve seen people walk in for a haircut and walk out with an electric keyboard.  Or you notice a bunch of not-so-gently-used baby strollers out front, but the advertisements hanging in the window feature a “catch of the day” special.  

Okay, so I’ve set the scene.  The way this podcast works is simple, if not a tiny bit dangerous.  You identify a store that fits the criteria outlined above.  You enter the store, poke around a little (while describing the things you’re poking so your audience feels like they’re in the trenches with you, obviously), maybe act interested in something specific.  When you’re finally approached by a salesperson, you engage them in some friendly banter and then BAM!  You hit them with the million dollar question(or maybe $7.99 question, all depends on the store, right?): 

OK.  But what do you realllly sell here?

It’s anyone’s guess where the episode (and frankly, your life and safety) goes from here.  Exciting, right?

Idea 2: Conversations from the floor

This one is inspired by the 2 year-old in my life.  She seems to be spending an increasing amount of time on the floor.  Sometimes she’s kicking.  Sometimes she’s crying.  Sometimes she’s looking for an errant cheddar bunny under the sofa.  

Toddlers are really, really funny.  This doesn’t always translate in the moment (tantrums can be really upsetting for everyone involved, and I don’t mean to make light of what seems to be an important phase of child development… except to say that we sort of all need a sense of humor to survive).  But they’re funny, nevertheless.  

Just this morning, I had the following conversation with Grace:

  • Grace: Mom.  Mom.  Mom.  Mama.  Mommy.  Mom.  MOM!
  • Me: Yes, honey?
  • Grace: Mom.  Mom.  Mom.  MOOOOOMMMMM.
  • Me: Do you need something, or are you just saying my name?
  • Grace: I’m saying your name.
  • Me: OK.
  • Grace: And I need something.  I need a reflection light.
  • Me: Can you tell me what a reflection light is?
  • Grace: I need it.  
  • Me: I don’t know what it is.  What do you use it for?
  • Grace: I need it to look at trees at nighttime.
  • Me: Can you tell me what it is again?
  • Grace: I said it.  It’s a reflection light.
  • Me: A flash light? (lucky guess)
  • Grace: Yes.  I told you.  Please, you’ll get me one at the store today.

Actually, maybe this podcast is more of a quiz show.  You guess what the H a toddler is talking about.  And if you’re correct, the toddler’s parents give you a handful of slightly moist Cheerios that they found between the seat cushions in their car.  

Idea 3: The Pregnant Shopping Cart Impulse Shopping  Why Am I Buying This? Title TBD

I’ll happily hand this one off to any currently pregnant moms.  Or maybe we can cast a wider net and call it Impulse Shopping.  Whoever grabs this tasty snack cake of an idea can sort of the details.

I came up with this one while nine months pregnant, carefully placing my organic produce on the belt at the grocery store check-out when… What’s this?  Six bags of sour gummy bears?

I’d be lying if I said things like this only happened when I was pregnant, but I believe my impulse shopping was especially cool, weird and interesting when I was expecting.  

And if you choose to stick with the pregnant lady angle, maybe this podcast could have a sort of public service element whereby you educate the masses on what you should/should not say or do to pregnant women.  Like in episode one, you could (genuinely) complement a mother-to-be for looking so radiant.  You ask her how she’s feeling.  You respond kindly and enthusiastically and non-judgmentally to any details she shares.  

You don’t say things like “Whoaaaaa!  You’re about ready to POP!”  Or assert that you’re positive there is a “secret twin in there.” (And yes, these are things strangers said to me when I was pregnant.)  And maybe you make a point of announcing into your micro-cassette recorder (Or does it all happen on your iPhone? I don’t know.  That’s why you’re making the podcast, not me.) that you are not touching anyone’s belly.  You’re just not.

Or…. maybe you just stick to interesting impulse purchases.  Or maybe you empower a toddler to make impulse purchases in a mystery store.  Yep.  That’s going straight to the top of the charts.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Not buying a reflection light
  • Catching up on Oh My Gouache! videos
  • Homemade snacks for summer road trips from Whole Foods Market

What’s your favorite podcast?

 

 

 

Today: Currently | November, 2015.

The mild weather made this month feel more like April than November, so we got plenty of adventures in.  And I sort of forgot to have my snow tires put on.  Whatever, man.  

I assumed (along with everyone else, I think) that we’d be a family of five by now (counting Clark, obvi… I do not have a secret human child somewhere)… but unless he makes his grand entrance before midnight, we’ll be welcoming a December baby.  All this anticipation is making the days crawl, despite the month having flown.  

And like any month, there were ups and downs — but one of the most wonderful moments had to have been meeting our niece who was born two weeks ago.  She is just perfect.

Currently November 2015 Boston

Speaking of perfect, the weather and view (minus the seagull) could not have been better on a recent stroll along the Harborwalk.

Currently | November, 2015

Reading

  • My copy of the Get Messy x UNHCR charity magazine arrived this weekend.  I am so grateful to have been a part of this collaboration, which supports relief efforts for Syrian refugees, and love seeing everyone else’s art work in print.  You can order a copy here (all proceeds are donated to UNCHR).
  • Still working through: Big Magic and Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?
  • Reading with Grace: But Not the Hippopotamus 
  • Mostly just looking at the pictures: Vogue, December 2015

Listening to

  • Adele’s 25 (along with the rest of the planet) on repeat.  I’m not ashamed to say, I am obsessed.
  • Christmas music
  • Clark snoring
  • The Undisclosed Podcast

Making

  • An attempt to finish my Christmas shopping in the next day or two.  We’ve done a really fun Secret Santa with my siblings and significant others the last three years and I highly recommend DrawNames.com if you’re organizing a similar swap.
  • Comfort food: Onion tartlets, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, cucumber salad, quesadillas with sharp cheddar and gala apples
  • A top secret Christmas card muhahaha (I hope everyone finds it even a 1/100 as funny as I do)
  • Progress in my sketchbooks and art journals (you can see some recent work on Instagram or here and here)

Enjoying

  • The Christmas decorations I put up (…before Thanksgiving… couldn’t help myself)
  • A fresh bouquet of flowers 
  • Our current routine (while it lasts)

Feeling

  • That Coach Belichick would be my ideal spokesperson right now.  When asked how he felt when he saw Rob Gronkowski get injured during last night’s game, he snapped, “How do you think I feel?”  Exactly.  Except I don’t think I get away with being quite so sassy.  So instead, I’ll just say… okay, fine, impatient, a little cankle-y, hopeful, hungry and tired.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Deleting 900 million Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails
  • 20 ways to be creative when you don’t feel inspired via CoSchedule
  • Trying to keep up with Dishwasher and Laundry Hamper Zero (it’s like Inbox Zero… kind of… but way less cool to bring up in public)

Today: Revisiting the pre-baby to-do list.

A little while back, I shared my pre-baby to-do list.  Since then, I accomplished most items and added about seventy more.  We’re currently in “Is he coming today?” mode, to the point that I can convince myself just about anything– from an eyelid twitch to a foot cramp– is a sign of impending labor.  

I’m a reaaaaaaal joy to be around.

In addition to being mental, though, I’ve also been productive.  Most importantly, I’ve been enjoying as much quality time as possible with my little lady.  We’ve taken quite a few adventures lately, and I’m soaking up every second alone with her.  (Cue the preggo weepiness.)

And then there are the practical things that have to get done.

Revisiting the pre-baby to-do list:

  • Go through Grace’s old clothes and pull out, re-wash and put away anything that is neither extra hot pink nor extra ruffly.  (At the very least, I think there are a few sets of gender neutral pajamas in there.)  The rest will go back to storage for a future niece or friend.  //  Didn’t do this… but our niece was born two weeks ago!  I’m looking forward to going through Grace’s very frilly, very girly clothes and passing them along.
  • Buy and wash any wardrobe basics and other staples we are missing // Question: How does Carter’s stay in business and/or How do they have 50% off sales every day?  Regardless, we are all set with a few newborn basics and plenty of 0-3 month clothes, sleep sacks, onesies, socks, burp cloths, hats, and blankets.  Oh, and Santa pajamas.
  • Move co-sleeper to our room (this will be a last minute thing) // Not yet, but I did move it to the front of our storage room, and watched six YouTube videos on how to set it up.  So, I feel at least 40% confident that I can handle this… and 100% confident that Nick will actually be the one to do it.  But it’s fun to pretend.
  • Order double stroller (with car seat adapter) and second Pack ‘N Play // Both have been delivered and we’ve had some practice with the new stroller, which I love.  We got a Baby Jogger City Select with the second seat (and adapter) and the infant car seat adapter (for our Britax B-Safe infant seat).  We’ll use the Pack ‘N Play for the baby’s naps and diaper changes during the day (we got the one with the Cuddle Cove rocking seat and changing station).  If I had a magic time machine, I would have likely picked these two items when I was pregnant with Grace, but… you live and learn and make even better choices the second time around.  I think.  Who knows.
  • Install infant car seat base in my car (again, probably a last minute thing) // The base is in my car (along with a seat protector and mirror), but has not actually been installed.  Maybe today.  Maybe not.
  • Buy a box of size 1 diapers (and potentially a small package of NB — Grace was in newborn diapers for about a month, but who knows…) and extra wipes // My sister sent us a box of diapers via Amazon, which was such a nice surprise (and, frankly, it motivated me to get my act together).  I also have a box of size 1’s ready to go, and plenty of wipes.  We’ll likely rely on diapers.com and their insanely fast shipping (which we use for Grace’s diapers and pull-ups), so I didn’t go crazy with stocking up.
  • Reorganize Grace’s closet (she’ll be sharing with her brother) // This was an undertaking and a half.  But it’s done.  And it makes me happy just looking at their little clothes side-by-side.
  • Stock up on family basics (toiletries, paper goods, Grace’s diapers and pull-ups) // Done.  Unless I’m pregnant for another two weeks, in which case… we may need to re-stock.  
  • Make all midwife/doctor’s appointments between now and our due date
  • Holiday shopping // 80-ish percent done.  
  • Schedule flu shots for Grace and me // The whole family has been appropriately vaccinated (flu shots, another tdap for me… and a rabies booster for Clark)
  • Get Clark’s yearly check-up and vaccines squared away
  • Make a plan for Clark to board with one of his pals while we’re at the hospital // This is sort of up in the air.  Unless I go into labor this week (during the busy travel/Thanksgiving time), he will stay with our friend and dog walker, which would be ideal.  We also have back-up plan involving someone picking him up and bringing him to the kennel we occasionally use (which would also be great).  Loose ends like this sort of make me nervous… but hey.
  • Make a grocery delivery list for easy ordering during the first few weeks we’re home // Nope.
  • Stash a few freezer meals // Does ice cream count?  If so, done.
  • Clean out pantry, closets and cabinets (not really baby-related, but clutter is making me mental) // Is there any sight more blessed than an empty shelf?
  • Get a handle on my third trimester wardrobe (because it’s neither warm enough or socially acceptable to continue wearing maternity bathing suits and sundresses) // I ended up doing really well with just a few basics — short and long-sleeved tees from the Gap, Gap maternity leggings (which are heaven), several open-front cardigans, Target maternity tanks, and lots of fun necklaces.  I also bought a couple dresses from Loft for weddings and parties, and made good use of the Bella Gravida items that were sent to me.
  • Pack a hospital bag for me and Nick, and a Party with Grandma and Grandpa! bag for Grace // Grace’s bag was the easiest to pack, and is actually already at my parents’ house.  Nick and I are mostly packed, with just the last minute things that need to be stashed (glasses, phone chargers, makeup, etc. — and yes, I said makeup)
  • Get a pedicure (wishful thinking) // The pedicure didn’t happen (though I have been trying to keep up with polish changes at home, despite not really being able to reach my toes this time around), but I did get a great prenatal massage.  Oh, and I got my eyebrows waxed.  Don’t want to have a unibrow when we meet our son for the first time.

Oh… and I decorated for Christmas.  I couldn’t wait any longer.  And looking up at our mantel to see five stockings this year… it’s just the best.

Also On Tap for Today:

What sort of plans and lists are you making lately?

Today: Being responsibly indulgent.

The change in seasons, the end of Daylight Saving Time, and the final weeks of my pregnancy have combined forces to make me, basically, an exhausted grouch.  I had a routine appointment with our midwife last week (and am headed to see our ob-gyn this morning) and while everything is still going great, she told me in no uncertain terms that it’s time to slow down.  

There are going to be days when Grace doesn’t nap (payback, perhaps, for my own unwillingness to nap as a baby) or when my car needs to have its actuator replaced (and don’t worry, I called it an actuary… like the person who provides actuarial services… when speaking with the mechanic #whyme), and slowing down is just not in the cards.

But I’m quickly seeing just how many opportunities I do have to take it easy (or easier).  And while this often feels a lot like being indulgent, I also know it’s downright important.  I’d like to avoid getting sick or overly run down or more grouchy during these last few weeks, and ensure that I’m enjoying as much time as possible playing and reading and dancing and drawing with my silly, precocious, thoughtful and fun only child.  While she’s still our only child.

Ideally, I’d nap when Grace naps… but not only is her nap schedule unreliable, I can rarely sleep during the day.  I can, however, curl up on the sofa with Clark (and leave the dishes and laundry and writing projects and whatever else until later) and the baby monitor.  And that’s got to count for something.  I like to think of this hour or so (and any other chance I have to put my feet up) as being responsibly indulgent.  Here are few other ways I am indulging.

Being responsibly indulgent

Rethinking what constitutes exercise: I finished up my last outdoor bootcamp class last week and did not renew my membership or by a class pass for the new season.  While I absolutely loved the workouts and getting together with the other women and their kids, I just had the sense it was time.  One thing that has been different (and I am so grateful for this) the second time around, is that I am less inclined to compare myself to other pregnant women.  I’m much better at trusting my own instincts.

Instead of going to class, I’ve been making sure to get out of the house for walks (albeit, slow ones — and I’ve stopped wearing my fitbit, for now, because… welp, my weekly step count was getting depressing) with Grace.  We’ve made two trips to the Trailside Museum in the last week.  We’re getting plenty of fresh air, plus bonus points for improving our mental health by walking in nature.

Poodle doodles Being playful: We’ve got enough serious business to attend to as adults.  I try to draw or paint every day, which is usually very restorative, but sometimes I take even that too seriously.  I was recently inspired by one of Grace’s favorite books (it’s so, so good)– Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson— and cracked open a new sketchbook and doodled some poodles.  And Frenchies.   Happy, playful, and not at all serious.

Making “down time” appointments: This is more of a big indulgence, but sometimes we just need to treat ourselves.  The spa inside Whole Foods Market South End recently rebranded and when I saw they were offering prenatal massages, I jumped at the chance to book an appointment.  They were offering a 10% discount during the spa’s relaunch, but their prices are really reasonable… plus, you can get your grocery shopping done while you’re there.  Multi-tasking is (usually) responsible and (definitely) indulgent when a massage is involved.  The massage with LaToya was absolutely blissful and I am definitely looking forward to going back.  I wish scheduling in down time came as easily as scheduling in the necessary stuff (like last week’s dental cleaning… woof).  

Reading more, watching less:  Our midwife had all kinds of suggestions for (attempting) to get more sleep.  Unfortunately, I’ve been super uncomfortable at night and barely logged two hours the night before my appointment.  We’ve heard it all before, but when the woman you’ve entrusted with nine months of care for you and your child speaks up, you listen: limit screen time, don’t watch murder shows, don’t watch the news, don’t read anything upsetting, ease into bed and let your brain know you’re winding down.  Old habits die hard.  I sleep with my phone next to my head, the baby monitor cranked up to “can be heard on Mars” level, and you know I love a good true crime story (which is not to say that I love when crimes happen…).  But with the help of some new reading material, I’m making progress.  I’ve been watching less TV and crawling into bed as early as I can.  I’m currently working through Food Gift Love, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and the current issue of Yoga Journal.

I could get used to this whole being indulgent thing.

Also On Tap for Today:

How do you (responsibly or irresponsibly) indulge?

Today: The upsides of insomnia.

I’ve never been a good sleeper, but being pregnant really brings out the insomniac in me. It’s partly the discomfort of being the size of Oh my God, Jay, it’s a baby whale, partly the inability to roll over without involuntarily making grunting noises (and/or inducing the worst calf cramp of all time), partly the need to get water and snacks every 20 minutes, and partly a tendency to make and re-make mental hospital bag packing lists all night.

Clark does not believe in insomnia.

Lately, I’m awake far more than I’m asleep… which is a problematic when it comes to, like, the daily functions of life… but it does have its upsides.

The upsides of insomnia (in no particular order)

  1. 4 AM is the perfect time to update your iPhone operating system.  No one else is awake, so no one is calling or emailing you, and no one will notice if you’re off the grid for however long the update takes.  And by update, I am obviously talking about NEW EMOJIS.  While you were sleeping, I was procuring the chipmunk emoji. 
  2. It’s quiet.  
  3. Sometimes it’s not quiet… like the time our neighbor crashed his Rascal scooter thing into the dumpster next door at 2 in the morning, dug around a bit, and then sped off into the early morning.  You don’t get to witness things like this when you’re sleeping.  At the risk of sounding like a real creep, I know all kinds of stuff about all kinds of people because, welp… I’m awake. (The downside to this particular upside is obvious, though: I pretty much think everyone is a murderer.)
  4. If you check the news at set intervals during the night, you become decently aware of the world’s happenings and can basically do your own broadcast each morning.  It’s like that show with the guy from Friday Night Lights (the one where his newspaper got delivered a day early), except that you might be a tiny bit less handsome than Coach Taylor (due to the lack of sleep, sorry).  I love giving Nick updates on celebrity deaths (that sounds morbid, because it is), political polls and um… new emojis when he wakes up.
  5. Every once in a while, one of those late night impulse purchases on Amazon Prime turns out to be that thing you couldn’t live without.  (Mostly, though, this is wasteful and fiscally irresponsible… but you’re probably too tired to care.)

And because I try to keep things fair and balanced…

The downside of insomnia

  1. I’m exhausted.

No need to say more.

Also On Tap for Today:

Tell me all about your weird neighbors.  (Just kidding… kind of…)

Today: Passing through.

I’ve always looked at spring and fall as transition times, not giving them the full respect of actual seasons.  Spring gets us to summer (Thank you, Jesus).  And fall gets us to winter (Happy Birthday, Jesus… and, in the case of winters such as the last one, Help us, Jesus).  These are months for passing through, for preparing.

This has never felt more true than this year, as I look ahead to our son’s arrival and attempt to (sort of) have my act together before that moment.  I’ve made lists (and added to them, like… an unhealthy amount). I’ve even accomplished several items on those lists.  I’ve pinned all kinds of crap to Pinterest boards and tried to imagine what the holidays will be like with a newborn and a nearly-two-year-old (the words magical and wild come to mind… I like both).  I thought about making and freezing food to tide us over on the most wild days… but I mostly just ate it.  

I’ve Googled things like “How do you dress up yoga pants?” and “Okay, but what if I no longer own a Beadazzler?” and “Skinny black tuxedo pants are out of the question” and “Does dry shampoo really work miracles?” and “Right, but it’s possible that I haven’t showered in days.” and “Why are you being so mean, Google! In this imaginary scenario, I JUST had a baby!”  And then I feel badly for wasting twenty minutes that could have been spent organizing baby clothes or making homemade jam for Christmas gifts.  Or, you know… napping.

My mind was feeling particularly busy this morning.  I must have been making more lists in my head on the way to Grace’s gymnastics class (which is basically the most amazing, most adorable hour ever), because I pulled into the parking lot without remembering most of the 30 minute drive. 

I’m doing all this preparing and passing through, and completely missing the view.  This is an actual season, despite my being prejudiced against orange and yellow and red and brown and turkeys.  It’s one that provides the opportunity to (spoiler alert!) dress Grace like a strawberry and Clark like a banana, stick them in a very oversized yogurt cup (that I need to invent) and call them a smoothie.   It’s one that makes me kind of itchy, but doesn’t make my hair frizzy… so I can forgive the allergies.  It’s one that brings us apples (and therefore, apple crisp) and leggings and dark nail polish and hot tea.

Instead of just passing through, I’m trying to stay for a while. 

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your fall checklist?

 

Today: The pre-baby to-do list.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BellaGravida. I received a complimentary subscription and promotional item to thank me for my participation.

That post title has two too many hyphens.  And I am too pregnant lazy to come up with something better.  My apologies.  As I shared earlier, I’ve been feeling a bit scattered lately.  Some days it feels like I will be pregnant for another 8 months.  Some days it feels like our baby boy will be here tomorrow.  And, this being the second time around, there are things that I feel like we have a good handle on.  But I worry about having a false sense of security… like there are things I am completely forgetting about.

Kick up your heels and make a list!

While it’s not exactly go time, there are a few things I probably should get done, not only so our little guy comes home to a stash of tiny diapers and plenty of burp cloths, but so I can quiet my brain a bit and enjoy this last trimester (and Grace’s last weeks as our one and only) as much as possible.  Making a list seemed like a good start.

The pre-baby to-do list (a work in progress…)

  • Go through Grace’s old clothes and pull out, re-wash and put away anything that is neither extra hot pink nor extra ruffly.  (At the very least, I think there are a few sets of gender neutral pajamas in there.)  The rest will go back to storage for a future niece or friend. 
  • Buy and wash any wardrobe basics and other staples we are missing 
  • Move co-sleeper to our room (this will be a last minute thing)
  • Order double stroller (with car seat adapter) and second Pack ‘N Play
  • Install infant car seat base in my car (again, probably a last minute thing)
  • Buy a box of size 1 diapers (and potentially a small package of NB — Grace was in newborn diapers for about a month, but who knows…) and extra wipes
  • Reorganize Grace’s closet (she’ll be sharing with her brother)
  • Stock up on family basics (toiletries, paper goods, Grace’s diapers and pull-ups)
  • Make all midwife/doctor’s appointments between now and our due date
  • Holiday shopping
  • Schedule flu shots for Grace and me
  • Get Clark’s yearly check-up and vaccines squared away
  • Make a plan for Clark to board with one of his pals while we’re at the hospital
  • Make a grocery delivery list for easy ordering during the first few weeks we’re home
  • Stash a few freezer meals
  • Clean out pantry, closets and cabinets (not really baby-related, but clutter is making me mental)
  • Get a handle on my third trimester wardrobe (because it’s neither warm enough or socially acceptable to continue wearing maternity bathing suits and sundresses)
  • Pack a hospital bag for me and Nick, and a Party with Grandma and Grandpa! bag for Grace
  • Get a pedicure (wishful thinking)

I’m sure I’ll think of 70 more items to add, but this is a start.  And it feels good to start checking off items.  I’m getting a bit of help with the wardrobe issue thanks to Influence Central and the chance to try out BellaGravida, a new service that provides a virtual revolving closet to pregnant and nursing women.

I consigned nearly all of my maternity clothes after Grace was born (most were office attire… and I was sick to death of them), and sadly, beach season is over… so this opportunity comes at the perfect time.  I’ve found it nearly impossible to find affordable, well made, non-ugly maternity clothes this time around.  I’ve been hesitant to buy anything beyond a few pairs of maternity leggings and long tanks, which are kind of amazing even when you’re not pregnant (trust me).  

I am hoping BellaGravida (which means “beautifully pregnant” in Italian) will help fill in the gaps in my maternity wardrobe and take the stress out of finding something to wear for the upcoming weddings and parties on our calendar this month.  

A few highlights of the newly-launched service:

  • Flat, monthly fee (subscriptions begin at $39/month)
  • No return deadlines
  • Unlimited exchanges
  • Laundry service included
  • Dozens of maternity designers and brands available

I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with BellaGravida with you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, I’ve got a list to tackle.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • I should probably be paying attention to the weather (what’s that I hear about a hurricane?)
  • Great read: Stop Googling.  Let’s talk.  from The New York Times
  • Halloween costume planning for Clark and Grace muhahahaha

What’s missing from my list (besides “take 900 naps”)? 

 

Today: Happy Weekend.

This was a short, fast week.  We’re easing into a fall-ish routine… which means fun things like a new bootcamp session, apple picking, gymnastics class for Grace, morning walks at Castle Island and (dare I admit my excitement?) a new season of Scandal.  

Summer slipping away also means less fun things like fewer trips to the beach.   And wearing pants. Not interested.

In addition to wearing pants, it also dawned on me that I should probably start being responsible in other ways.  Like, say… by getting ready for this baby boy of ours to arrive.  My current mission is to get rid of as much excess as humanly possible.  As you can see above, I started with our bookshelves.  We’ve got 60-70 books to donate, and I’m slowly (that’s sort of my only speed these days) making my way through every drawer, cabinet and closet in the condo.  

What can I say?  The glamour of life abounds.  (And I sort of hope you’re doing something less functional and more fun.)

Happy Weekend, friends.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your fun or functional fall to-do list?

Today: Six minute hummus plate.

I promise, there is hummus under all that goodness.

When it’s approximately 9,012 degrees out, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven or serve something hot ‘n heavy to friends and family.  These super easy hummus plates look gorgeous, they’re the perfect way to incorporate all the fresh produce available this time of year, and… they take, like six minutes to make.  

Granted, you could make your own hummus… but that’s more time spent in the kitchen and less time spent floating on a pool noodle.

Six minute hummus plate

Vegetarian, gluten free (contains dairy); Serves 1 pregnant woman named Elizabeth, or up to 6 people… sort of depends on the crowd.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz. container of hummus (I used a zingy lemon hummus from Whole Foods Market)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 (small) red onion, chopped
  • 2 (small) sweet bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 handful of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest

Directions:

  • Minute one: Wash your hands.  Safety first, hummus second.
  • Minutes two-four: Chop your vegetables as instructed above.
  • Minute five: Evenly spread hummus in a shallow serving plate or platter (I used a ceramic tart pan).
  • Minute six: Artfully (or haphazardly, it’s totally up to you) top your hummus with feta, vegetables, dill, a little more feta, and some lemon zest.

It’s summer.  Everything should be this easy.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made with a pool noodle?  I’m personally a big fan of tying one in a knot (so it looks like a pretzel), sitting on it, and pretending I can float upright.  So… there’s that.

 

Today: The happiest news.

We’ve kept the happiest news under wraps (and oversized teeshirts) for long enough…

I am thrilled to share that Grace will be a big sister this December.  Nick and I are over the moon.  Grace doesn’t really know what’s going on (but she appreciates the balloons).  And Clark, welp… he’s taking a nap.

This wonderful life just keeps getting better.

Oh and yes… those blue balloons mean we’re having a boy! Yayayayayay.

Also On Tap for Today:

What happy news do you have to share?